Robert W. Service
Robert William Service (January 16, 1874 – September 11, 1958) was a British-Canadian poet and writer, often called "the Bard of the Yukon".
Born in Lancashire of Scottish descent, he was a bank clerk by trade, but spent long periods travelling in Western America and Canada, often in some poverty. When his bank sent him to the Yukon, he was inspired by tales of the Klondike Gold Rush, and wrote two poems "The Shooting of Dan McGrew" and "The Cremation of Sam McGee", which showed remarkable authenticity from an author with no experience of gold-mining, and enjoyed immediate popularity. Encouraged by this, he quickly wrote more poems on the same theme, which were published as Songs of a Sourdough (re-titled The Spell of the Yukon and Other Verses in the U.S.), and achieved a massive sale. When his next collection Ballads of a Cheechako proved equally successful, Service could afford to travel widely and live a leisurely life, basing himself in Paris and the French Riviera.
Partly because of their popularity, and the speed with which he wrote them, his works were dismissed as doggerel by the critics, who were tending to say the same of Kipling, with whom Service was often compared. This did not worry Service, who was happy to classify his work as “verse, not poetry”.
Birth and Death Data: Born January 16th, 1874 (Preston), Died September 11th, 1958 (Lancieux)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1915 - 1928
Roles Represented in DAHR: author, lyricist
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Victor||B-16279||10-in.||7/29/1915||The spell of the Yukon||Taylor Holmes||Recitation||author|
|Victor||C-28784||12-in.||10/27/1923||The shooting of Dan McGrew||Taylor Holmes||Recitation, with piano||author|
|Victor||[Trial 1919-11-11-01]||Not documented||11/11/1919||The Gramophone at Fond-du-Lac||Carl L. Marcus||Recitation||author|
|Columbia||77593||10-in.||12/20/1917||It's a mighty good world after all||Greek Evans||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||author|
|Columbia||98148||12-in.||4/29/1924||The shooting of Dan McGraw||Barbara Lemarr||Recitation, with piano||author|
|Edison||5980||10-in.||between 1/23/1918 and 1/24/1918||It's a mighty good world after all||Arthur Middleton||Baritone vocal solo, with orchestra||author|
|Edison||18840||10-in.||10/30/1928||Carry on||Homer A. Rodeheaver||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
|Edison||N-535||10-in.||10/30/1928||Carry on||Homer A. Rodeheaver||Male vocal solo, with orchestra||lyricist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Service, Robert W.," accessed June 19, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102801.
Service, Robert W.. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved June 19, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/102801.
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